June 21, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Communist Party recognized Vietnam’s claims to islands which are at a centre of a dispute with China a top official said, amid warnings that Sri Lanka could suffer the same fate from aggressive large nations. “As far as we are concerned we recognize the right of the Vietnamese government to claim these islands,” Communist Party chief Raja Collure told a meeting of the Sri Lanka Vietnam Friendship Association in Colombo.
“We cannot in the present circumstance partake in the dispute. The dispute has to be resolved through peaceful negotiations. And any action that impedes a peaceful solution cannot be condoned.”
Collure said Communist Parties of both countries had friendly relations with his party.
China is claiming land around the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea, or the East Sea as Vietnam calls it.
China sent an oil rig to the disputed waters and a fleet of ships to protect it last month. At least one unarmed Vietnamese fishing vessel has been rammed by a Chinese ship, the smaller country has said.
“China has once again endangered the security and stab